WORLD CUP 2010: Patrick Vieira refuses to slam Raymond Domenech after missing out on France squad

12 May 2010 07:41
Patrick Vieira has accepted his omission from France's 30-man preliminary World Cup squad. [LNB] The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder was not named by coach Raymond Domenech and joined Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri among those who missed out.  [LNB] The squad will be reduced to 23 by June 1 before Les Bleus meet Uruguay on June 11 in their first Group A match. They will also play hosts South Africa and Mexico.   [LNB] Disappointment: Midfielder Vieira will not be travelling to South Africa next month[LNB]Former France captain Vieira, a World Cup winner in 1998, was hopeful of inclusion after a strong second half to the season at City following his switch from Inter Milan.  [LNB] But Vieira, who earned the most recent of his 107 caps in June 2009, did not earn selection.   [LNB]He said: 'It's a decision I accept, although I'm disappointed. I do not question his choice, I really respect.'[LNB]Emmanuel Petit was unhappy his fellow World Cup winner and former Arsenal midfield colleague was not selected.   [LNB]Petit told L'Equipe TV: 'Regarding Patrick Vieira, he could not claim a starting berth but to join the group I think it was necessary, for his experience, his record but also his personality.'[LNB] Complete lowdown on all 32 squads in the frame for South AfricaVieira looks to remain at Manchester City after activating one-year extensionParker, Johnson, Carragher and Bent in Capello's provisional England squadFabio's pride of lions! But what's gone wrong for Mr Unflappable?MANCHESTER CITY FC

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